crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 473ml can.
The pour is a nice hazy amber with a foamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Sure, not the prettiest brew but good enough that the Brewers shouldn’t be ashamed of it leaving the can.
The smell is awesome when you pour it out, better than sniffing it form the can. It has a great deal of tropical mango and cane sugar. Very resiny. Kind of one-dimensional but in a way that I love.
The flavor is really nice. It has a mellow front end with sugar and melon being the main flavors. There is a bit of pale graininess in the beginning that is that sweet biscuity type which is awesome. The finish is bitter with some nice pine. It is pretty balanced with sweetness all the way through and a nice bitterness at the end. It prob could have had a pinch more bitterness to make it absolutely perfect.
Glad I got to try this, I am often let down by hype, but this one is delicious and worth tracking down.
Metalflake (19) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
4-pack bought at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT. WOW. Fantastic IPA. Poured into a Shaker, against the advisory to drink from the can (hey, I wanted to see what it looked like, and I had 3 more after all) - hazy orange in colour, with a 1-inch head that hung around almost all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine sap, pepper and cloves. Intensely hoppy, but surprisingly not overpoweringly bitter - there is a strong malt character to the beer to support the hops. Drank the second can from the can, and I have to agree with the brewer’s notes - a certain amount of the volatile aromatics do seem to be lost in the pour. It IS better from the can. Overall a really, really great IPA.
bigtaster (690) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can in blind tasting. Cloudy orange, with one finger fine bubbled head. Lots of mango, white pepper, lemon, lime, green peppers. Soft carbonation, very smooth on the pallet. Medium pine and grapefruit bitterness. Moderate biscuit sweetness.
ntg1213 (7) - - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy bronze color without much foam.Tropical fruit and floral aromas, huge tropical fruit flavors. Sweetness from yeast and malt balances out the hop bitterness - would never have guessed it was anywhere near 120 IBUs. Moderate carbonation. Excellent overall - perhaps not the best beer in the world, but deserves its place in the conversation. If you can’t get a hold of it, it reminds me of Belgian-style IPAs, such as Raging Bitch from Snake Dog
electrotype (306) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ça fait quelque fois que je bois de la Heady et je considère que mes premières critiques n’étaient pas nécessairement assez justes... Alors je me reprends. J’ai maintenant une plus grande expérience en tant qu’amateur de bières et me sens prêt à noter cette bière plus objectivement. Premièrement, j’ai l’impression qu’il est fort possible que la recette change à l’occasion ou que les brassins ne soient pas tout à fait constants. Les première fois que j’ai bu de la Heady, je n’avais jamais senti une bière aussi fruitée! Les fraises, pêche et ananas me transpersaient carrément les narines! Celle que je bois aujourd’hui, pourtant très fraiche (une semaine) me semble moins fruitée au nez. Je dis "moins fruitée" mais les houblons américains sont tout de même définitivement mis en évidence. C’est juste que je suis surpris, cette fois-çi, par l’équilibre assez incroyable que possède cette bière. Elle a beau être un gros jus de houblons fraichement pressés, elle n’en demeure pas moins extrêmement équilibrée et offre une base maltée parfaite pour supporter ces cocottes amères. L’amertûme est loin d’être trop intense. Bref, probablement la meilleure batche que j’ai bue jusqu’ici. Vais-je devoir changer ma critique à nouveau lors de la dégustation d’une prochaine batche? Ça reste à voir. N’empêche que je suis content d’avoir 4 cannettes de celle-çi! Vraiment délicieuse.
Thisis12ptfont (936) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromas of orange, tangerine, orange zest, floral hops, tropical fruits, mango, subtle pineapple, caramel, biscuit malt, grains, and some pines. Appears a bright orange with a beautiful foam head. Taste is pleasantly bitter upfront followed by fresh orange juice, tangerine, dry citrus, pineapple juice, mango, herb-y, grassy, hay, lemongrass, caramel cream, crackers, biscuit malt and more orange peel. Finishes extremely dry with resinous hop oils. Overall, definitely worth the hype. A+ beer.
PartyFowle (187) - - MAR 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured against the can’s wishes into a tulip. Cloudy grapefruit in color. It’s like a sunset, with many varying shades of orange. One finger of fuzzy off-white head becomes a moderately-sized ring that leaves some spatters of lace. Holy jeebus. This is one of the dankest, grassiest, most resinous noses I’ve encountered. It’s not bright; it’s absolutely FUNKY with hops. Behind the blend of liquified weed and grass blades, I get saltine crackers, a touch of burnt sugar and orange cream. The crackers crumble under the weight of the hops, and I love it. The resinous character can be read in the flavor, but a little bit is lost in the translation. The dank funk is still there, but the bitterness behind them is huge. Sugar-dusted orange slices and grass mix with sticky alcohol, a little caramel, and perhaps even some mango. It gets better and better as it warms and as the malt sweetness improves. By the bottom of the glass, it’s nearly perfect. Medium in body with nice creaminess. Carbonation is moderately high and pinching, breaking the beer into just a touch of fizz. Velvety. Though the alcohol’s a little more noticeable than I’d like, the bitterness and malt strike a nice balance. The hype...is well-deserved. Heady Topper’s one of the dankest, funkiest IPAs I’ve ever put in my mouth. And it comes in a can?! I’m in love.
njdrinker (13) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an almost perfect ipa and from the east coast!! The body is just enough with a great amount of aroma and flavor. This is my favorite type of ipa style. Love that people are bringing it back to nj so often now
THBPhil (1) - N Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Resin, citrus, floral, grassy. First sip said it all. Strong, sharp aroma followed by a surprisingly smooth flavor and finish. Definitely puts the taste buds into overload for a bit. Find it! Drink it!
RRistow12 (365) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from can and poured into taster glass. Hazy orangish gold with white head. Aroma is grass, earthy notes, pine, floral. Very well balanced and clean bitter taste. Medium sweetness of caramel and earthy flavors with floral and pine notes. Excellent tasting. Lives up to the hype. One of the best IPAs I've had.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
KUEric (887) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
At a friends house talking about Pliny the Younger and some of the other rarities of the world while drinking wine and he says he has a couple of 4-packs of HeadyTopper in his fridge -in San Francisco mind you.
So of course I have to try some.
And it is delicious. Worth the hype!
Smooth for 8%. Not too overpowering wiht the hops. Tastes/feels wet, not in a no sh*t Sherlock, it’s liquid kind of way, but just wet. Don’t know how else to describe it. Fresh, maybe.
Loved it. Happy to have crossed it off my bucket list.
I’ll have to make his house a more regular stop after he visits home.